Breast Enlargement and Augmentation Services
Perhaps you’ve always wanted a fuller cup-size or perhaps you want to rejuvenate your post-pregnancy body. Our specialist consultants guarantee the highest standard of surgical care and results that can last a lifetime. For many patients, breast enlargement procedures have restored their confidence and offered a new lease of life.
Our consultants help women feel more confident in their own skin. Breast enlargement is a life-changing treatment for many patients and offers instantly noticeable results.
What does breast enlargement surgery involve?
The breast enlargement process commonly involves inserting breast implants behind the breast tissue, either under or over the pectoral muscle, to give a more voluptuous shape. There are two main options regarding surgical incisions:
- Inframammary (the natural crease underneath your breast, this is the most common)
- Transaxillary (under your armpit)
- Periareolar (the area around the areola, or your nipple).
Usually, a hospital stay of one or two nights is required. The surgery will be carried out under general anaesthetic and will take between 60-90 minutes. We do not perform breast enlargement under local anaesthetic.
What are the benefits of breast enlargement?
Many women feel self-conscious about their breast size. Size is dependent on your genetics, but once developed your breasts may fluctuate in response to weight, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast enlargement is a safe way to increase confidence and boost self-esteem. In keeping with our ethos of providing excellent care, our leading surgeons adhere to strict guidelines so you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands.
What type of implants should I choose?
Based on what is right for you, one of our consultants will guide and advise you on what implant is best. The new size of your breasts will be affected by the diameter of the implant (determining their fullness) and its projection (how prominent you’d like your breasts to be). Shapes usually include round, anatomical or teardrop. We encourage patients to do some of their own breast enlargement research to help identify what implant shape you would prefer.
At The McIndoe Centre, we use either silicone or saline implants. We also use an implant called the ‘B-Lite’ which is 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent. It’s important to note that we don’t use PIP implants and the implants that we do use are ethically approved. Ultimately the choice is yours and our GMC registered team of surgeons are well equipped to advise you.
For breast enlargement, silicone or saline?
There are two basic types of breast implant options: saline and silicone gel, both of which come with their own separate advantages.
Silicone gel implants
The silicone used to fill the implant can be in the form of a liquid or gel. Implants filled with gel are called cohesive silicone implants and have a firmer feel. Silicone implants are less likely to wrinkle and give a slightly more natural appearance.
Saline implants are a salt-based, non-prosthetic implant. If the saline breast enlargement implant were to rupture, the contents would be absorbed into your body, however, surgery will probably be needed to remove the shell. Saline has a slightly firmer feel than silicone.
The B-Lite gel is cohesive and has a reduced density which makes implants up to 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent, achieving the same volume enhancement with 30% less weight. The gel is a microsphere-enhanced, cohesive, silicone gel. The microspheres are fixed in place physically and chemically providing form stable implants with a natural feel. Additional breast enlargement advice will be issued by your consultant during your consultation.
This page was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Paul Banwell BSc MB BS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.